Julius Randle an unrestricted free agent after Lakers renounce his rights

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Instead, the Lakers renounced the rights to Randle, who was a restricted free agent, to free up enough cap space to come to an agreement on a one-year, $9 million deal with Rondo.

A Randle-Davis pairing will work similar to the Cousins-Davis pairing last season. He averaged a career-high 16.1 points previous year to go with 8 rebounds per game.

Another free-agent acquisition made by the Lakers since the signing of LeBron James is JaVale McGee.

Last year, at age 23, Randle averaged 16.1 points and eight rebounds per game.

Randle played in all 82 of L.A.'s games previous year.

James has been consulted on all of the Lakers' recent moves, according to ESPN.

The Dallas Mavericks, once considered the Lakers' biggest threat for Randle, focused in on DeAndre Jordan prior to and after the center opted out of the final year of his contract. The Lakers gave him more opportunities to handle the ball in the open floor past year, and excelled in that role. Depth was a concern at the position. James told Los Angeles executives this week he likes Ball's game and "is excited to play with him", according to ESPN.

With a stellar rookie season behind him, Lonzo was looking to easily be the starting point guard for the Lakers. He eventually played college hoops at the legendary NCAA powerhouse the University of Kentucky after being one of the top high school recruits in the nation. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news.

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